New Zealand qualify for semis

first_imgMOHALI, India (AP): New Zealand stormed into the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 with a 22-run win over former champions Pakistan yesterday, their third successive victory in Group Two. Martin Guptill scored 80 off 48 balls with 10 fours and three sixes in New Zealand’s total of 180-5 and also took three catches as Pakistan failed to build on Sharjeel Khan’s blistering start, finishing on 158-5. Pakistan never got their momentum back after Khan hit 47 off 25 balls with nine fours and a six in an opening stand of 65. He was dismissed in the sixth over, caught by Guptill. Fast bowler Adam Milne (2-26) and left-arm spinner Martin Santner (2-29) led the New Zealand recovery with two wickets each and put Pakistan on the brink of a tournament exit. “On the back of Martin Guptill’s superb knock, the batting unit played their roles truly nicely to get to us to a very good total,” New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said. “It was nice to see, in the second innings, our bowlers kept their composure after a tough start and pulled it back nicely.” New Zealand have already beaten tournament favourites India and Australia, while 2009 champions Pakistan have just two points from their victory over Bangladesh after also losing to India. Pakistan, notorious to slip in run-chases, scored nearly half of the required runs in the first 10 overs before their batsmen let the game slip away. Ahmed Shehzad (30), Umar Akmal (24) and captain Shahid Afridi (19), who was dropped off the first ball, couldn’t build any real momentum as New Zealand kept taking wickets in reply. Pakistan also missed the experience of Mohammad Hafeez, who was ruled out of the match due to pain in his right knee. Hafeez’s replacement, Khalid Latif, playing his first T20 international after almost four years, looked out of sorts in his brief stay before holing out in the deep after scoring only three runs. “It was a chaseable total, we played well in the first six overs. But after that, instead of building partnerships, we played too many dot balls,” Afridi said. “Maybe I will play my last game of the career (against Australia) and we should focus on it.”last_img read more

Stacy Family Farm serving generations of berry lovers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseIt is a sunny spring Wednesday in mid-May. Berry-smudged preschoolers accompanied by a flock of moms and numerous teachers create a buzz in the fields that drowns out the sounds of the pollinators at Stacy Family Farm in Washington County.Since 1899, the Stacy Family has farmed for generations on the fringe of Marietta, though most of the previous generations never saw field trips like the groups picking berries today. A changing food culture, evolving markets and a society far removed from the farm have made field trips a much more important part of the business than they used to be.“Strawberries start late and school is out early, so we have between 2,500 and 3,000 visitors maybe in a 3-week period. We bring them in from up to two hours away and they are here with us for around an hour and a half,” said Janet Stacy. “We hit on the second grade core standards and we host mostly preschool through second grade students. We talk about the weather. They get to see an observation bee hive. We show them the strawberry growing process. They get to pick berries when they are in season. Before that they get to do a pizza garden. They learn they can grow a pizza on the farm. It is all about educating the kids and sometimes educating the adults too.”The Stacys charge a small fee of $5 per person for the tours and, beyond the income, get a tremendous value by hosting them. The education component of the tours is increasingly important. The tours also make for good marketing as the students go home and tell their parents about the farm. Many stay after the tour and pick berries as well. The tours extend the harvest season to days other than the precious weekends in May and June for the u-pick strawberry business as well, said Bill “Farmer” Stacy.“We are close to 85% or 90% u-pick. We really push the u-pick as being a family experience. We do provide some picked berries for the senior citizens. Our big crop is strawberries. We’ll start with strawberries and we’ll dovetail into blueberries. We have blackberries and we have, for the first time this year, asparagus,” Bill said. “What we are seeing in other big u-pick areas is that it is going away. It is getting to be a more of a family event on the weekends and not as much people coming out to pick during the week to get a bunch to freeze. The school tours really help with getting people out during the week. We are trying to manage the crowds on the weekend and gear up for it.”The u-pick business presents a number of unique challenges.“With the u-pick, parking can be a challenge and with the kids especially, eating some berries while they pick is part of the fun of it, but we sometimes have issues with people eating too many. It can be also be a problem getting everything picked,” Bill said. “People are picking smaller amounts. Some people just want to pick a few for dinner. That means dealing with more people and you have to keep the smile up longer.”All of the products grown on the farm’s 120 acres in two locations — including tomatoes, a corn maze and pumpkins — are sold retail.“We don’t wholesale anything. We try to keep this local and local — local food and local help,” Bill said. “We have some professional pickers that come out and pick a bunch and resell them to double their money. I don’t even give them a discount and they can make good money reselling them.”The farm’s six acres of strawberries are grown on black plastic, which is a larger investment than other production methods, but it has numerous advantages.“The strawberry crop looks very good this year. The plastic helps with disease control. The berries are up on raised beds with high plastic and with all of the rain we’ve had this year, it gets the water away from the fruit to keep the disease away and it improves the quality of the fruit,” Bill said. “If you have a good crop, people remember that for a year. If you have a bad quality crop people will remember it for 3 years. When we got into this there were quite a few matted row growers in Ohio. The plastic was a marketing decision for us because it keeps the berries clean and dry. You can see the difference in the quality of the fruit. The plastic helps with the management too.”While much of Ohio has been swamped with too much moisture since last fall, parts of southeastern Ohio have had more average precipitation.“It has been about normal moisture for us this year. It is pretty amazing. We are sitting in this high-pressure system. It is sending everything up to Columbus and north,” Bill said. “In fact, the strawberry harvest is a little early for us this year. We had a few warm stretches and, since they are on the black plastic, that pushes them early.”The black plastic also helps the strawberry roots retain moisture and nutrients from the drip irrigation and keeps weeds under control. The sandy soils help too.“We have some upland sand that is outwash from the Ohio River and we have good natural drainage and plenty of water from our irrigation wells,” Bill said. “We monitor the soil moisture but we are usually pumping water to them every other day when the berries are on.”When the strawberry harvest is over, a cover crop is planted.”We plant sudangrass after strawberries with a broadcast spreader then scratch it in with a disk. We mow the grass a couple of times so it doesn’t get above waist high and leave clippings for organic matter in the soil,” Bill said. “We mow it one last time in August and moldboard plow it. Then we lay plastic and broadcast the ryegrass in between the rows to suppress weeds and provide a mat for people to walk on. We go through 3 weeks later in September and plant the strawberries. That takes about 2 days. We plant three different varieties to spread out the harvest season a bit.”Fertilizer application is based on soil tests and applied in multiple ways to meet the needs of the strawberry crop.“Before we moldboard plow, we apply 19-19-19 with micros based on soil samples. The strawberry ground is always strawberry ground. There is no rotation because it has to be the same for the u-pick,” said Todd Stacy, Bill and Janet’s son. “Cover crops help break up the cycle and always keep something growing there. Then we use greenhouse grade calcium nitrate fertilizer through growing season in the irrigation.”Disease and insect issues on the strawberries are addressed with sprays as needed.“We start scouting for disease from first bloom on,” Todd said. “The bloom is the most sensitive so we really have to protect that.”A preventative fungicides spray program every 7 to 10 days is used up until fruit harvest starts and then spot applications are used as needed.“We have good friends on the East Coast that are usually a couple of days ahead of us and so we see what is coming. We scout every day and we can see insect issues take over in a matter of days,” Bill said. “The spotted wing drosophila is a fruit fly that came in from China. We just have to manage it and watch the numbers. We test our fruit and make sure we don’t have any larvae in the fruit itself. You immerse the fruit in salt water and the larvae will come out. It is a big deal on the blueberries and blackberries. If we miss them, customers will come back and ask about the creepy crawlies in their blueberries. Strawberries get in and out before the insects get too bad. We have to scout for it and treat accordingly. “If we have a cold winter the spotted wing drosophila flies die here but they come up from the south. People ask me about spraying all the time and I tell them I would love to farm like my grandfather did without all of these invasive species coming in. All he had was corn earworm and cucumber beetle to worry about.”Through the generations, the Stacy family has worked hard to overcome the challenges required to provide high quality farm products, and now an increasingly valuable connection to the farm for consumers of all ages. Their efforts allow new generations of strawberry-stained children (and their parents) to find the unique and undeniable appeal of a berry patch on a sunny spring Wednesday.last_img read more

Frame.io Announces Massive Updates to Its Platform

first_imgMedia collaboration website Frame.io is adding a whole new dimension to their current platform, including support for audio files PDFs, and 3D renders.If you’ve ever had to shuttle a video back and forth with a client for feedback, you know that it can be a strenuous task to write down timestamps and locate exactly what the client wants to show you. This is where Frame.io comes in. It’s a cloud-based media collaboration website that takes the hassle out of communicating with clients.Over 370,000 people now use Frame.io to share videos and collaborate on projects. Just last year, Frame.io closed on a $20 million Series B funding round led by FirstMark Capital, which has allowed them to increase the size and scale of the company. They have just announced that, this summer, we are going to see some drastic changes to their site that will open the platform up to all different kinds of media to become a one-stop shop for collaborative projects. Here are the new features you can expect in the coming months.All New Asset SupportIn the past, Frame.io only supported video files on their platform. With this new update, team members will be able to work together on both video and audio files — as well as PDFs and even 3D VR Content. This means you can collaborate on songs and audio projects seamlessly without any intermediary programs.I’ve been involved in so many email threads with too many attachments that were just a pain to sort through. Now, with audio and PDF support, your team can share and comment on any type of media that you may be using.New Organizational ToolsSearching for media has never been easier with Frame.io’s new updated organization system. Here’s what they have to say:“A new advanced media browser lets you fly through thousands of assets at lightning speed. Updated sorting options make it easier than ever to find exactly what you’re looking for. We also took search to a whole new level. In addition to searching for individual projects, you can now search filenames, approval status, and uploader across hundreds of projects, instantly.”For editors, that means no more frantically typing “FINAL COMPLETE V2 V3” to try and find your latest edit. All you have to do is search for the uploader’s name and go from there.They have also updated their upload framework, which boasts 5X the upload speed of Dropbox, making it one of the fastest upload speeds on the market today.New Commenting AbilitiesCommenting and collaborating on a video will be even easier with the new commenting abilities. It’s like if Slack had a video commenting function — the new Frame.io includes @ commenting, detailed time-stamping, and range timestamps to comment on a selection of video.last_img read more

Six injured as bridge collapses in Chamba

first_imgAt least six people were injured after a bridge collapsed in Himachal Pradesh’s Chamba on Thursday.The concrete bridge links Chamba town with Punjab’s Pathankot.Around three vehicles were also damaged in the accident and a mini truck loaded with bricks was still stranded at the bridge. An FIR has been registered and a probe is on in this regard.last_img

Vu Iconium at Rs 24,999 on Flipkart is cheapest 4K TV worth buying, Xiaomi Mi TVs too get big discounts

first_imgEven with the advent of smartphones and tablets, TVs still hold a place of their own in Indian households. The TV is the only appliance that can command attention with whatever it’s running and is often a major reason to bring together the whole family. From binge-watching movies to reality shows to enjoying your favourite console games, TVs are a necessary commodity. With every new year, the TV market brings new trends and it makes sense to adopt the innovation to enjoy the best of what’s possible.If you are in the market for buying a TV, there’s no better time than now. E-commerce retailer Flipkart is hosting the Big Shopping Days sale on its platform and is offering a slew of super sweet deals on televisions. Customers can avail hefty discounts on entry-level HD-ready TVs, 4K TVs and Android smart TVs, from various brands. However, in an almost unending list of options, it might become difficult for you to figure out which one works out to be a better deal for you. Hence, we have handpicked some of the best options from the TV segment in various price categories for different segments of televisions. The options in the list include a combination of the best prices along with a host of features that makes for a sensible deal this shopping season.Vu Iconium 43-inch 4K LED Smart TVIf consuming 4K content is your utmost priority without spending a fortune, the Vu’s Iconium 43-inch 4K LED Smart TV is presently one of your best bets from Flipkart’s sale. A 43-inch 4K panel is big enough for most of your ‘TV-watching’ requirements and should be flexible enough to set up in most households. The panel may offer a standard refresh rate of only 60Hz, but Vu has compensated for that with support for HDR and content upscaling. There’s also a decent collection of connectivity options – 3 HDMI ports and 2 USB ports. Additionally, an Android 7.0-based operating system with a dedicated App Store makes sure you get to enjoy a smart TV experience. A pair of 20W speakers looks after the audio department. Flipkart is selling the TV with a discount of Rs 5,000, bringing the price down to Rs 24,999. An exchange discount of up to Rs 8,000 can be availed as well. HDFC Bank debit and credit card users can also avail up to an additional 10 per cent discount on the selling price.advertisementMi LED Smart TV 4A 43-inchIf 4K isn’t your ultimate requirement, then Xiaomi’s Mi TV 4A 43-inch makes for a great buy. The Mi TV lineup distinct itself with Xiaomi’s custom PatchWall OS, which put a focus on content more than anything else. PatchWall’s timeline is an unending collection of TV shows and movies curated from various popular content providers such as Hotstar, Alt Balaji, Sony LIV and many more. The full HD panel has earned positive responses from critics and a decent collection of connectivity options, such as 3 HDMI ports and 3 USB ports, make it a good option for various multimedia requirements. Flipkart is offering the Mi TV 4A 43-inch for Rs 21,999 and consumers can avail an exchange discount of up to Rs 6,000.Mi LED Smart TV 4 Pro 55-inch If you want the best of the smart TV experience while keeping the budget under constraints, the Mi TV 4 Pro at Rs 49,999 is probably one of the best deals you can get right now. The TV runs on Android TV 8.1 Oreo and is slated to receive the Pie update in the coming months. Combined with Xiaomi’s own content-heavy PatchWall, you are ensured of the best smart TV experience. The 55-inch panel supports HDR content and has turned to out impress critics heavily. The presence of Android TV also means that you get Chromecast built-in, which aids mirroring content on the big screen. Additionally, the universal remote with Google Assistant’s voice search makes for a convenient TV viewing experience. Consumers can avail an exchange discount of Rs 15,000 in addition to the 10 per cent discount for HDFC Bank debit and credit card customers.Thomson B9 Pro 40-inch Full HD LED Smart TVThe B9 Pro is possibly one of the best options to consider if your budget is restricted under Rs 20,000. This budget option from Thomson offers a Full HD panel and comes preloaded with a codec that even claims to convert 4K videos into 1080p resolution. The B9 Pro runs on a smart TV OS based on an unspecified version of Android but comes preloaded with the Netflix app – something that not many smart TVs possess, even with higher prices. The My Wall interface brings together sports content from various media channels on the homescreen. Connectivity options include 3 HDMI ports and 2 USB ports alongside Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. The TV is selling for Rs 17,499 an additional exchange offer of Rs 8,000 can make it a bargain for many.advertisementiFFALCON Android 32-inch HD Ready LED Smart TV If all you seek is a pure Android TV experience in an extremely meagre budget, iFFALCON’s 32-inch HD TV possibly makes for a great deal. The TV runs on Android TV 8.0 Oreo and gets access to several Android apps from the Google Play Store. Additionally, the presence of Android TV also translates to built-in Chromecast, which makes it easier to stream content from your phone to the big screen. The 32-inch Led backlit panel supports HDR 10 format content. The remote also comes with Google’s Voice Search built-in, which makes it easy to hunt for TV shows without navigating through the complex menus. You also get a decent collection of connectivity options, including 2 HDMi ports and a single USB port. The TV is presently selling for Rs 13,499 and comes with an additional exchange discount of Rs 4,000.ALSO READ | Meizu 16th, M6T and C9 launched: Key specifications, Features, India price and all you need to knowlast_img read more